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Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism

Book Launch
Elana Shapira
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Elana Shapira | Cultural and design historian, project leader of the Austrian Science Fund research project “Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918–1934” (2017-2022) at the Institute of Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She organized several International Symposiums on Viennese modernism and émigré cultures. Shapira is the the author of Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons and Modern Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna(Brandeis University Press, 2016); editor of Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture and Viennese Modernism (Böhlau, 2018) and Designing Transformation:jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2021), and coeditor of Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture (Bloosmbury, 2017) and Freud and the Émigré (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her forthcoming co-edited anthology is “Gestalteirnnen: Women, Design and Society” (De Gruyter, 2023).

Daniel Véri | Art and cultural historian, CEU Jewish Studies postdoctoral fellow at the Democracy Institute. He studied at ELTE (history of art: MA, 2009; PhD, 2016), and at CEU (history, 2010). Researcher at the Museum of Fine Arts – Central European Research Institute for Art History, member of the ‘Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History’ research group (UCL, 2019–2022). His research interests include Central European art from the 1945–89 period, especially the artistic reception of Jewish identity and the Holocaust, as well as cultural diplomacy and the cultural history of blood libels. Author of ”Leading the Dead” – The World of János Major (2013), co-author of The Great Book Theft. French Book Exhibition Behind the Iron Curtain (2020). Curator and co-curator of numerous research-based exhibitions.

Book authors Rebecca Houze, Henriete Moravčiková, Tanja Poppelreuter and Sue Breakell will also join the discussion.

This event will be online, please register for the Zoom link.